Durham County Council’s National Tree Week adds to the trees at Thornley

Heart of Durham Volunteers once again took up their spades to plant a further 65 native trees at Thornley Wood on Friday the 18th of January, as part of Durham County Council’s National Tree Week scheme .

Thornley wood is owned by Wosingham Parish Council and since 2016 Durham Wildlife Trust’s Heart of Durham Project has been helping to restore this former quarry and then fir plantation to a site where the local community can enjoy the wildlife and magnificent views over Weardale.

From a black impenetrable fir plantation the site is gradually evolving with paths, hedges and an interesting array of wildflowers emerging in the clearings in the summer months. Many of these plants are flourishing because of the poor soil substrate a legacy of the sites other former use as a domestic tip.

So far 1,275 trees have been planted of the 1,650 trees stipulated by the Forestry Commission. Only 375 to go!

Mike Powell holds aloft the bag full of native British Trees ready to be planted
Louise Wellman makes a start, thankfully the frost is only on the surface.
The Heart of Durham Planting Team

A big Thank You to Durham County Council, because as a result of their National Tree Week, Durham Wildlife Trust’s Heart of Durham Project has managed to secure over £500 for trees to plant on other sites in County Durham where they are working on a landscape scale to help protect the small pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly.